In Conditional, Caelli Jo Brooker, Alison Smith and Ahn Wells are drawn together for a second time as a trio, to share their most recent work, and explore conditions of making and creative practice. In this way, Conditional takes for its inspiration the unique and overlapping conditions of their lives, professions and practices.
The process of exhibiting collectively, and the curious connections made across three distinctly different creative practices, have surprised and inspired each artist.
Navigating the connections between (and conditions of) exhibiting together, finding and making correlations between motivations, challenges and the combined works themselves, are some of the thematic and creative aspects present in the work for Conditional.
There are many shared ‘conditions’. Each artist has worked in arts administration – as gallery owners, directors, volunteers and curators – connected through colleagues, clients, communities of practice, design education, educational institutions and local creative industries.
Each has also worked across independent galleries, institutional galleries and ARIs as participants in those collective creative spaces – not always under the guise of practitioner, but also facilitating the creative work of others, and contributing to a larger creative community.
They each maintain an art practice beyond their other roles, and a sustained interest in studio making, and the conditions under which creativity is found, made, participated in, performed, shown, consumed, and shared.
Operating under different conditions professionally, personally and creatively, they are connected through the experience, challenges, rewards, and conditions of making.